WADDINGTON - The top of the leaderboard featured a hometown, intercollegiate and even international flavor at the Waddington Homecoming 5K River Run-Walk-Rollerblade on Saturday. Jon Eng and Emily Cotey, a pair of Norwood-Norfolk standouts enjoying successful collegiate running careers, raced away to overall honors in the run. Eng, a St. Lawrence University senior, led the mens field in 16:53 and Cotey, who qualified for the NCAA Division III CrossCountry Championships for SUNY Cortland last fall, emerged as the first lady of the day at 19:07.
Eng picked up his second medalist award at Waddington in three years while rounding into to form after suffering an injury which sidelined him for the entire outdoor track-field season.
I really feel good now and I have been training hard. I really want to have a big year, said Eng.
After achieving a series of individual accolades, Cotey is looking forward to a big year for the Lady Dragons of Cortland.
I am really excited about our cross country season. Hopefully we can qualify for the NCAAs as a team, she said.
Richie Garvey of Phoenix AZ, enjoying his annual St.Lawrence River summer sojourn to his native Ogdensburg , paced the rollerbladers with a time of 12:48.
It was Garveys first competitive rollerblade race but he is hardly a stranger to inline skating. He and his brother Randy both played for Team Labeda of Southern California which recently won the 35-Over North American Inline Hockey Championships in Toronto, Ont.
Garvey has also played major roles in the global development of inline athletics.
He has enjoyed great success guiding the Columbian Junior Roller Hockey Program and was recently named as the South American Commissioner for Major League Roller Hockey.
Inline skating and roller hockey in South America is like it was in the US in the 1990s. I have been travelling to Columbia every three weeks and the sport is really growing, says Garvey.
And there also 12 NHL players who started as inline skaters and switched to the ice as youngsters.
The Madrid-Waddington area accounted for 14 entries on the age group leaderboard led by the sibling trio of Gabriella (Female 14U), Cassidy (Female 15-19) and Austin Scott (Male 15-19) who each claimed division titles.
Other leaderboard entries came from: Danielle Hough (second Female 14 Under), Brennan Harmer (second Male 14 Under), Tyler Robinson (third Male 15-19), Chelsea Perrine (third Female 20-29), Shannon Robinson (second Female 30-39), Margie Harmer (second Female 40-49), Carol Palmer Garvey (first Female 50-59), Harry Garvey (third Male 60-69), Dan Dominie (second Male 40-49) and California resident Pauline Cantwell (1st 70 over) who makes the cross country trip every summer for the homecoming.
WADDINGTON HOMECOMING RIVER 5K
Female 14-Under: Gabriella Scott 22:03, Danielle Hough 24:50, Skylar Fetter 25:45. Male 14-Under: Justyn McCormick 21:57, Brennan Harmer 22:42, Tim Allen 22:52.
Female 15-19: Cassidy Scott 21:42, Amy White 25:10, Rebekah Robinson 26:29. Male 15-19: Austin Scott 17:23, Tyler Turelli 19:19, Tyler Robinson 19:37.
Female 20-29: Emily Cotey (overall female medalist) 19:07, Cara Ames 23:30, Chelsea Perrine 25:32. Male 20-29: Jon Eng (overall male medalist) 16:53, Zach Dodge 18:28. Leith McMillan 21:25.
Female 30-39: Heidi Pahler 22:10, Shannon Robinson 24:12, Erica DuPre 25:23. Male 30-39: Shawn Paradis 19:58, Wayne Latham 20:19, Mike Matejcik 20:49.
Female 40-49: Kristen Betrus 20:47, Margie Harmer 25:32. Male 40-49: Joe DuPre 20:42, Dan Dominie 21:48, Will Glass 2205.
Female 50-59: Carol Palmer-Garvey 24:29, Pam Rowe 27:31, Kathleen Furgison 28:09. Male 50-59: Joe LaBarr 20:52, Kent Fetter 22:53, Sean Doyle 22:58.
Female 60-69: Eileen Auringer 34:48, Mary Hamilton 40:45, Mary Ann Martin 42:19. Male 60-69: Jim Earle 21:50, Bill Amberman 22:38, Harry Garvey 26:52.
Female 70-Over: Pauline Cantwell 42:25. Male 70-Over: Hugh Wilson 26:39, Jean Bernaquez 34:48.
Rollerbladers: Rich Garvey 12:48, Matthew Billon, Elizabeth Bascom.